|The earth is awakening, the trout lily will soon be blooming|
I love the adventure of seeing and exploring new places and landscapes, wondering what lies ahead of the next riffle but I also like to fish smaller water close to home. There is a sense of comfort and familiarity that comes with fishing water that you've taken the time to get to know, banks you've hiked along many times, water that you've observed change through the seasons of recent history. This is what it means to me to fish "home water".
For the opening day of trout season this year, Alan and I met to fish a small stream away from those who are more interested in filling their buckets with pellet fed fish. Alan suggested a brook well-known to both of us but even in places like these the particular conditions on any give day will move the fish around. The stream was flowing a bit high but very clear and after some early experimenting I settled on a dry dropper rig with a heavier nymph that could get down quickly in the heavier current. A couple of brook trout did come off the bottom to slash at the Royal Wulff I was using as an indicator, but most of the fish I hooked took a bead head caddis puppa dropper tied off the bend of the Wulff,
I can't think of the better way to open the trout season...